Andy Reid: DeSean Jackson 'was great for me'

Andy Reid: DeSean Jackson 'was great for me'
March 25, 2014, 12:45 pm
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DeSean Jackson had two 1,000-yard seasons under Andy Reid and led the NFL in yards per reception in 2010 with 22.5. (AP)

If DeSean Jackson is dealt, might his old head coach be interested?

Speaking during the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday at the NFL owners' meetings, Andy Reid had nothing but positive things to say about the 27-year-old wide receiver.

Q. When you see a guy like DeSean, his name being floated around like this, what goes through your mind?

Reid: This one's probably more of a hot subject right now from what I see, but I have nothing but good things to say about the kid.

I did draft him, had a great relationship with him. His father passed away in the early going, and that was a hard thing for him to go through at a young age. They were best friends. I've experienced life things with him. But he was great for me.

Q. Do you find it hard to believe, given what you know of him, that he'd be available?

Reid: Yeah, but I don't know what's real and what's not real. I haven't looked into it, either way. I've stayed away. So I don't know what's real and what's not real.

I'm happy that he had a great year. I'm happy that Chip [Kelly] had a great year with him. And that's really all I care about. That's where it stops.

Q. Are you an interested observer when someone like DeSean Jackson becomes either available or in some sort of discussion?

Reid: Yeah, that's the thing. I've been asked that. He's not available. I don't know anything more than that. He's a Philadelphia Eagle and so nobody's told me anything different. I've seen things, I've read about it, but I don't know that. So that's where I'm at.

Q. Thoughts on the Jets signing Michael Vick?

Reid: He's not getting any younger, but he still can sling that son of a gun like no other. And he can still move around. And I think he has a passion for the game. I think he'll also be great for the young kid at the Jets. contributor Jeff Shain assisted with this report.